Why is a Bingo Bin the best skip for your construction site?

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Whether you’re desctructing or constructing in Sydney, Bingo’s got you covered. Image via Shutterstock.

Sydney builders should take advantage of the wide range of products and services available at Bingo Bins for their construction site – here are five good reasons why.

We’re dedicated to servicing Sydney well: Our fleet covers the entire Sydney metropolitan area and we also offer a same-day delivery/changeover six days out of seven in the week – ensuring a fast, reliable service that meets your construction site’s needs. Our hire rates are very competitive so that you can get the best deal.

We’re dedicated to staying green: Approximately 85 – 90% of all waste that enters our sites from building and demolition waste is recycled and turned into recycled products, such as recycled soil, fill sand, aggregates and woodchip. In addition to this, we maintain a proud partnership with Planet Ark, hold membership with the Green Building Council Australia and support a variety of clean and green practices.

We have a skip for every situation: In fact, we have over 3000 of them, in all different shapes and sizes, ensuring that there’s a bin for whatever waste and recycling requirements your site has. We also operate a fleet of 68 brand new and near-new radio-controlled trucks, which allow us to access and service a variety of sites, depending on your requirements.

We’re looking out for your safety: We carry out Public Liability Insurance to the tune of $20, 000, 000, ensuring that in the slim chance of an accident, you’re covered.

We give back: Starting on a landscaping project and need to fill your plot with dirt? We’ve got a variety of recycled materials and products such as recycled fill sand, turf underlay, aggregate and roadbase to suit your needs. What’s more, we can deliver the goods within the Sydney Metropolitan area.

For further information on Bingo Bins and its products and services, please call 1300 424 646.

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What You Need to Know Before Renovating Your Commercial Premise

Upgrading your business is just like upgrading your home, just with more red tape to cut through.

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Even small renovations may require permission from the council.

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Do you need a DA for that?

Once you’ve come up with a plan for your renovations, you will need to contact your local council to see whether you need to lodge a Development Application (DA). A DA is a formal request for permission to carry out proposed development on a site. According to the CoS website, when assessing a DA, the City of Sydney take the following matters into account:

  • Relevant planning controls and conditions
  • The likely impacts of the development
  • The suitability of the site
  • Any submissions
  • The public interest.

Even small renovations such as painting the outside of the premises may require a council permit – look it up before even touching a can of paint!

Time is money

Sure, you’ve made enough profit to deck the space out and make it better than ever – but have you accounted for the loss that will be incurred while your space is out of action? On top of the costs of the materials and labour you will need to consider the loss incurred while your business is not trading and the wages you may have to pay staff that are not able to work during the renovations. Make sure you’re prepared financially for the time taken for the renovations – one mistake could set you back a week or a month.

Choosing the right tradie

If you’re planning a massive fit out, hiring the right tradie for the job is essential – do your research early by looking online and asking the people around you – who have your friends and neighbours gone with when they’ve needed work done in the past. When you’ve come up with a shortlist, go through an interviewing process to find the right one. When they start the project, treat them well – simple gestures of thanks such as coffee and snacks in the morning will go a long way in ensuring that the job is completed as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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10 Tips for Small Business Renovations

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Is your business in need of an upgrade? There’s only so many times you can rearrange the tables and chairs – when you bite the bullet and decide to renovate, use our tips for renovation success.

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Renovating a small business: it’s a lot of mess and effort but with a much greater reward at the end.

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  1. Before you even think about what paints to buy and which wall you’re going to knock down, it’s worth looking to see whether you will need to lodge a Development Application (DA) with your local council. Even a task as small as painting the outside of your building may require a council permit.
  2. Set a budget for the renovation – remember that you will need to factor in labour costs, materials, time frames and wages (depending on how long the renovation will take).
  3. When it comes to hiring tradies to do the larger jobs, shop around – ask your friends and neighbours who they’d recommend and go from there.
  4. When you’ve found a tradie you trust, treat them well – even simple things like coffees in the morning and thank-you gifts at the end of the job will go a long way to ensure that the job is done efficiently and properly.
  5. If it’s been a while between renovations, chances are when you finally decide to upgrade your store or office it will require a complete overhaul. Say goodbye to your old desks, storage units and display cabinets from the late 90s… you may require a skip bin or two to get rid of all of your old furnishings if you are not selling them.
  6. Painting the walls? Be wary – even a large warehouse space can feel small and cramped when painted in a dark hue. However, dark hues can also work to your advantage, giving focus to the products more than the space. However, if you’re trying to take advantage of light and space, stick to light pastels.
  7. After painting, you need to take into consideration what you will put on your walls to help make your space feel more welcoming and appealing to your customers. Mirrors and other reflective surfaces are ideal if you want to create the illusion of more room in a crowded space.
  8. When it comes to furnishing, look for multifunctional pieces that will ideally give you more room. Pieces that are easy to move around are good, too, for when you need a mini-makeover.
  9. For a more unique, distinctive look, hunt for pieces of furniture at auction houses or online. This can be a bit hit-and-miss, though, so be prepared to invest a lot of time trawling.
  10. Use lighting to your advantage, especially if you’ve decided to go with a darker hue for the walls. Use lights as a visual merchandising tactic to direct your customers’ focus to key products. If you’re concerned about lights burning up your electricity bill, go with LED lights.

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Sustainability and Sydney: How green walls and roofs are improving the city

Green roofs and walls are popping up all over Sydney – but why?

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Glorious green walls are taking Sydney by storm.

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If you’ve been around Chippendale recently, you’ll have noticed the giant Living Mall and its surrounding developments that have popped up at the end of 2013. The green walls of the building are not the first of its kind in Sydney, but it’s definitely one of the more visible and impressive ones we’ve seen so far — we’re also a fan of the newly reopened pool at Prince Alfred Park, which dons an unassuming green roof facing Elizabeth Street.

Sydney currently has 83 green roofs and walls installed, with another 70 in the works. The city council has even developed a Green Roof and Wall Policy, which is the first of its kind in Australia.

There are two types of green roofs: an intensive green roof includes soil deeper than 20 centimetres and can support large trees, solar panels and foot traffic.  Extensive green roofs have soil with a depth of less than 15 centimetres and are unsuitable for foot traffic – these roofs are generally suited to smaller plants.

But why the move towards green roofs in Sydney’s city?

–       Improved air quality: plants help to remove carbon dioxide and other harmful pollutants from the atmosphere, integrating them within a building’s structure is a great way of improving the air quality in a densely populated city like Sydney.

–       Increased biodiversity: a green rooftop is the perfect place for a variety of insects, reptiles and birds to find water, food and shelter.

–       Reduced urban heat island effect: Green walls and roofs help to lower the urban heat island effect – this is where hard surfaces absorb and radiate heat back out into the environment.

–       Natural insulation: Green walls and roofs can assist in reducing energy use from air conditioners whilst also act as a natural buffer from outside noise.

–       Water management: Slows and cleans stormwater running off buildings that end up in Sydney’s waterways.

In a research project funded by the City of Sydney, it was found that residents “understand and appreciate the many benefits green roofs and walls offer”. And why wouldn’t we? Sydneysiders have a strong environmental conscience and a desire to preserve the beauty of our city. Anything that makes Sydney a greener (and more attractive) city to live in is fine with us, personally.

Sources: City of Sydney and Green Villages

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Bingo Skip Bin’s Favourite Posts from 2013

Eternal spring cleaners of Sydney will understand that there is so much more to the act of throwing out waste than meets the eye. We at Bingo Bins get it more than anyone else – we can’t get enough of it! Here are some of our favourite posts from 2013 about skips, sustainability and more.

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Sustainability at work. It’s aesthetically pleasing in the strangest way possible. Image via Shutterstock.

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Bingo Bins’ Favourite 5 Recycling Projects and Blogs

Creative sustainability is the best kind of sustainability. We’ve scoured the internet for our favourite inspiring projects to give you ideas on what you can do with yesterday’s junk.

7 Tips for a Better Spring Clean: From Mould to Skip Bin Hire

Spring may have long passed but the idea of a spring clean is always fresh in our minds. Read on as we tackle the best way to de-clutter and get your home sparkling clean again.

Moving House? Hire a Skip Bin to Rid Yourself of Excess Baggage

You’ve signed a new lease or have finally succumbed to adulthood by applying for a mortgage. Whether rented or purchased, moving into your new home can be an arduous process if you have a lot of excess baggage to cart around with you. We’ve given you a guide on culling stuff you may have been holding on to for a little too long.

From the Waste Bin to the Shelf: The Lifecycle of a Recycled Product

Ever wondered what happens to the newspapers, plastic bottles and cans after you’ve put them out for recycling?  Well, wonder no more – we reveal all that occurs behind the doors of the recycling plant.

Bingo Bin’s Top 5 Recycling Websites for Kids

Educate kids about recycling today for a greener tomorrow with these fun, interactive websites that inform the young’ns about the mark they make on this earth.

Bingo Bins: How You Can Recycle E-Waste

E-waste, electronic waste, whatever you want to call it, needs to be recycled in a different manner than regular waste. Bet you didn’t know that, huh? Well, even if you did, it’s a good idea to read up on how the practice goes in Sydney.

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10 Ways to Reduce Waste Around the Home

Each year Australians throw away around 21 million tonnes of waste. This includes waste from the bathroom, laundry, kitchen and backyards.

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What waste solutions are you using at home?

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With a population of 22 million, that’s roughly one tonne produced by each person in Australia.

Think about that for a second.

Sure, improvements have been made in our home disposal habits over the years, but there is still much more to be done.

Here are ten DIY ways to reduce waste in your home:

1. Try to buy in bulk. It’s better value and less packaging is beneficial for the

environment.

2. Look for products made from recyclable materials.

3.  Use reusable shopping bags and avoid plastic bags!

4. Rather than buy bottled water, get reusable water bottles. You will avoid

plastic waste and save serious dosh!

5. Get bank statements and bills sent online instead of in the mail. It’s way

more convenient and less mess.

6. Start a compost in your kitchen. Most food scraps can be reused to create

fertile and fantastic soil!

7. Buy an electric razor instead of throwing away all those disposable blades.

8. Water the garden with collected rainwater.

9. Get ink cartridges refilled instead of replaced.

10. Use loose leaf teas instead of tea bags.

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Skip Bins Play Their Role in Sydney’s Art Scene

At the Campbelltown Arts Centre, the humble skip bin isn’t just a bin, it’s a work of art.

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Sydney artists looks beyond the grime of the street skip bin.

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Sydney artists looks beyond the grime of the street skip bin.

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Seeing skip bins around Sydney is not uncommon, but seeing them used as a work of art as opposed to a practical object for disposing of waste is a whole nother matter entirely. Campbelltown Arts Centre are doing just that, though, with stellar results.

Local artist and COFA graduate, Louisa Dawson’s work looks at “everyday object and transforms them into something new.” Her exhibition at Campbelltown Arts Centre, dubbed Manufactured Landscapes, features awe-inspiring large-scale installations placed around the centre, which include the humble skip bin.

In this series, skips – which have been filled with dirt – have grass planted and common public furniture placed on top. In the instance pictured, a public bench has been installed, but with no way for visitors to sit on it.

According to the Macarthur Advertiser, Dawson was quoted as saying that she uses objects in her art as social commentary on historical and demographic changes, leisure and the use of public space.

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Sydney artists looks beyond the grime of the street skip bin.

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This is not the first time that the humble skip bin has been a part of Louisa’s work. A decade ago she completed Temporary Displacement, a convincing looking skip bin turned mini swimming pool installation. Strangely enough, we wouldn’t mind taking a dip in that tip.

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